JOB FRIENDLY – Revamp of IT, engineering courses

THE ALL-INDIA Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to revamp technical-education courses in 10 different streams to make them more industry-friendly .

R.A. Yadav, vice-chairman, AICTE, told the Hindustan Times: “Earlier this month, we constituted 10 boards to come up with new syllabi for information technology (IT) and en gineering courses, keeping in mind job prospects in the near future.”

The revamp is also aimed at attracting more students to new streams in IT education. There will be greater collaboration with industry, and more stress on practical job training.

Headed by senior academicians like Dr M.M. Faroqui, former vice-chan cellor, Aligarh Muslim University, the boards preparing the new syllabi also have representatives from IT and related industries. NASSCOM is expected to work on the basic drafts for the All India Board of IT Education.

The new syllabi are likely to be introduced from the next academic year in all technical-education institutes directly under the AICTE’s control. They can act as ‘model’ syllabi, which can then be adopted by technical institutes under the control of state governments. “Since technical education is a state subject, we cannot enforce the syllabus all over the country,” said an HRD Ministry official.

The move to evolve new syllabi comes in the wake of severe criticism of technical-education standards in the country by the industry. Recently, NASSCOM, which represents the IT industry, said most IT professionals from Indian institutes needed retraining after employment before they could be assigned tasks.

Sam Pitroda, chairman, National Knowledge Commission, has also stressed on the need to improve technical-education syllabi.

Eye on jobs The AICTE has constituted 10 boards to come up with new syllabi for IT and engineering courses The new syllabi are likely to be introduced from 2007-08 in all technical-education institutes directly under the AICTE’s control
THE ALL-INDIA Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to revamp techni- cal-education courses in 10 dif- ferent streams to make them more industry-friendly . R.A. Yadav, vice-chairman, AICTE, told the Hindustan Times: “Earlier this month, we constituted 10 boards to come up with new syllabi for infor- mation technology (IT) and en- gineering courses, keeping in mind job prospects in the near future.” The revamp is also aimed at attract- ing more students to new streams in IT education. There will be greater collaboration with industry, and more stress on practical job training. Headed by senior academicians like Dr M.M. Faroqui, former vice-chan- cellor, Aligarh Muslim University, the boards preparing the new syllabi also have representatives from IT and re- lated industries. NASSCOM is expect- ed to work on the basic drafts for the All India Board of IT Education. The new syllabi are likely to be in- troduced from the next academic year in all technical-education institutes directly under the AICTE’s control. They can act as ‘mod- el’ syllabi, which can then be adopted by technical institutes under the control of state gov- ernments. “Since technical ed- ucation is a state subject, we cannot enforce the syllabus all over the country,” said an HRD Ministry official. The move to evolve new syl- labi comes in the wake of se- vere criticism of technical-ed- ucation standards in the coun- try by the industry. Recently, NASSCOM, which represents the IT industry, said most IT professionals from Indian institutes needed re- training after employment before they could be assigned tasks. Sam Pitroda, chairman, National Knowledge Commission, has also stressed on the need to improve tech- nical-education syllabi. Eye on jobs The AICTE has consti- tuted 10 boards to come up with new syllabi for IT and engineering courses The new syllabi are likely to be introduced from 2007-08 in all tech- nical-education insti- tutes directly under the AICTE’s control